Best of the Main Line: Food and Drink in 2024

Find the best food and drink around the Main Line and western suburbs in 2024 at these top-rated bars and restaurants.

Alfresco Dining

Limoncello

9 N. Walnut St., West Chester, (610) 436-6230

“The food is always fabulous. They’ve been doing it right for nearly 20 years.”
—Monica D’Ginto Sekela, West Chester

Critics’ Choice

Afternoon tea

A Taste of Britain

Who says this beloved English tradition has to be stodgy? Debbie Heth Pierce serves an expertly poured and strained afternoon tea daily, accompanied by finger sandwiches, soups, salads, and scones with authentic spreads. All of it’s freshly made on site. 503 W. Lancaster Ave., Wayne, (610) 971-0390.

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Appetizers

Bar Avalon

116 E. Gay St., West Chester, (610) 436-4100; 818 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr, (610) 520-9700

Bagels

Country Bagel Bakery

145 E. Gay St., West Chester, (610) 696-8890

Barbecue

Jimmy’s BBQ

309 Lancaster Ave., Malvern, (610) 879-8805

OsoSweet Bakery Cafe
Photo courtesy of OsoSweet.

Critics’ Choice

Cupcakes

OsoSweet Bakery Cafe

Each is a piece of art worth appreciating—shortly before you’re overwhelmed by the delicious scent, silky-smooth icing and moist cake. Yum. 1609 Baltimore Pike, Suite 500, Chadds Ford, (610) 880-8118.

Bakery

Yori’s Church Street Bakery

15 N. Church St., West Chester, (610) 344-9674

“Their coffee cake is the best I’ve ever had—and my kids love their donuts.”
—Sean McGurk, West Chester

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Restaurant Beer Selection

Teresa’s Café and Next Door

124 N. Wayne Ave., Wayne, (610) 293-9909

Critics’ Choice

Best-Kept Secret

Brandywine Valley Bread

At this popular family-owned spot, daily social media posts keep loyal customers apprised of what’s available. Bagels, baguettes, morning buns and white sourdough are among the more popular items. Get there early. 3941 Lincoln Hwy. E., Downingtown, (484) 698-8172.

Breakfast

Nudy’s Cafe

Various locations

Brewery

Victory Brewing Company

420 Acorn Lane, Downingtown, (610) 873-0881

Brunch

White Dog Cafe

Various locations

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Burger

Brick & Brew

Various locations

BYOB

Fellini Cafe of Media

106 W. State St., Media, (610) 892-7616

Cakes

Clay’s Creative Corner Bakery

700 Lancaster Ave., Berwyn, (610) 647-2119

Critics’ Choice

Caterer With Heart

John Serock Catering

This award-winning catering team has always had a soft spot for the community they serve, whether it’s cooking Thanksgiving dinners for local youth and women’s groups, raising money for YMCA summer camp programs, or pitching in at the Chester County Community Foundation’s annual Sweet Charity event. 835 Lincoln Ave., A-2, West Chester, (610) 640-2836.

Brothers on the Brandywine Beer Garden
Photo by Ed Williams.

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Outdoor Beer Garden

Brothers on the Brandywine Beer Garden

If your idea of a relaxing Sunday afternoon involves sippin’ and chillin’ in a shaded oasis alongside a flowing stream, Brothers checks all the boxes. Bring a chair or grab a picnic table and enjoy beer, cider or wine from Skippack Village’s Kershners Brewing Co. Hit the food truck, or bring a picnic basket. 2100 Strasburg Road, Coatesville, (610) 222-2739.

Soko Bag
Photo by Ed Williams

Critics’ Choice

Chicken and Beer With a Korean Twist

Soko Bag

Shea Roggio and J.H. “Alice” Chang are the team behind one of the funkiest new spots in Chester County. Try the Soul Train tray, with a half or full pound of crispy chicken dusted in two of three unique coatings—bamboo, ghost or snow. 95 Nutt Road, Phoenixville, (855) 765-6224, sokobag.com.

Coffeehouse

Twin Valley Coffee

569 Wellington Square, Exton, (610) 286-6500

“Twin Valley is the best part of my Saturday morning routine. Their cold brew is a big hit in our house, but I love to treat myself to a chai latte.”
—Madi Coble, West Chester

Critics’ Choice

Cheese Curds

Rivertown Taps

Chef Lewis Leiterman can’t get enough of this Wisconsin staple, experimenting as he goes. Rivertown’s recent Mexican street variety was a fan favorite—beer-battered cheddar cheese curds with chili-lime aioli, grilled sweet corn, jalapeño and queso fresco. 226 Bridge St., Phoenixville, (484) 924-9112.

Cheesesteak

Lorenzo’s Steaks and Hoagies

216 E. Market St., West Chester, (610) 696-5400

Critics’ Choice

Cheesesteak

Steaks West Chester

Red-hot under-the-radar restaurateur Speer Madanat makes magic with simple ingredients—thinly sliced premium ribeye, chopped onion and Cooper Sharp. The superb seeded roll is the work of West Chester’s La Baguette Magique. 698 E. Market St., Unit 3, West Chester, (484) 373-5500.

Chef

The Black Cat Cafe’s Judy Link

42 Berkley Road, Devon, (610) 688-1930

Critics’ Choice

Chef

Bar Lucca’s Will Langlois

For 15 years, Langlois has relished the challenge of crafting one exceptional seasonal menu after another—and, lucky for us, he continues to outdo himself. Inspired by his father, he also takes full advantage of the freshness that comes with foraging ingredients like ramps and morel mushrooms from the wild. 729 E. Hector St., Conshohocken, (610) 825-2700.

Critics’ Choice

Classic Cheesesteak

Johnny’s Pizza

This South Philly-inspired beast packs a solid pound of shaved ribeye and one of five cheese options into a toasted 16-inch seeded roll. You’ll need a nap after this one. 1025 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr, (610) 525-4811.

Cocktails

Slow Hand

30 N. Church St., West Chester, (484) 999-8638

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Collaborative Spirit

R-Five Wines and Sweet Amelia’s

This special partnership has resulted in some exciting culinary complements to the wines at R-Five. Recent highlights include charcuterie plates, ceviche, chicken kabobs, roasted turnips, upscale pizzas, seasonal tarts and a fantastic flourless chocolate cake. 206 E. Lancaster Ave., Downingtown, (484) 364-4504.

Critics’ Choice

Colombian Cuisine

Mi Pais

An easy-to-miss family-owned spot that should be on everyone’s GPS. We could live on the Columbian bacon, ceviche, and fried green plantains apps alone. Also try the empanadas, soups, arepas and kabobs. For heartier appetites, there’s a hand-cut steak, grilled pork and shredded meats. 477 Lancaster Ave., Malvern, (610) 251-0956.

Pizza (Takeout)

Pica’s Restaurant

1233 West Chester Pike, West Chester, (484) 983-3704

“I’ve been enjoying their pizza since 1957, when they started in West Philly. My dad ordered at the window every Friday for 67 years.”
—Mary Guzman, Newtown Square

Cookies

Yori’s Church Street Bakery

15 N. Church St., West Chester, (610) 344-9674

Critics’ Choice

Cooking Classes

DiFabio’s

You don’t have to have experience in the kitchen to appreciate these weeknight cooking demos—and your first glass of wine is free. Preregistration required. 1243 N. Providence Road, Media, (484) 444-0850.

Critics’ Choice

Date Night

Bar Avalon

Whether it’s an official date night or dinner with a BFF, John Brandt-Lee has you covered at Bar Avalon’s classy and cozy Main Line outpost. Arrive early to linger over drinks and apps at the marble-topped bar, then move to one of the comfy booths for an intimate dinner. 818 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr, (610) 520-9700.

Deli

Carlino’s Market

2616 E. County Line Road, Ardmore; 128 W. Market St., West Chester; (610) 649-4046

Diner

The Classic Diner

352 Lancaster Ave., Malvern, (610) 725-0515

Distillery

Bluebird Distilling

100 Bridge St., Phoenixville, (610) 933-7827

Critics’ Choice

Dive Bar

Berwyn Tavern

For 68 years, generations of Main Liners have gathered at this rail-side pub and eatery, which has done an impressive job of changing with the times without losing its easygoing mojo. At the BT, it’s not uncommon to find grandparents and parents sharing drinks—and some solid bar food—with their younger offspring. Not bad for a so-called dive bar. 625 Lancaster Ave., Berwyn, (610) 889-9352.

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Dog-Friendly Restaurant

Appetites on Main

Serving the area for over 20 years, this recently refurbished pub and eatery in the Main Street Exton complex has its own doggie menu, so you can dine on the patio with Fido. Popular items include beef or chicken steaks, hot dogs, and Miss Lucy’s Dogsticks (homemade natural treats). 286 Main St., Exton, (610) 594-2030.

Critics’ Choice

Dumplings

Margaret Kuo’s Kitchen

A least 10 types of pan-seared or steamed dumplings are always on the menu at Kuo’s Granite Run Promenade location. Our favorite: Szechuan pork in spicy garlic sauce. 1109 W. Baltimore Pike, Suite A, Media, (610) 891-8880, margaretkuoskitchen.com.

Critics’ Choice

Empanadas

V Empanadas

Stuffed with either short rib and potato, Mexican-style chicken, pork, cheese, or vegetables, these golden-brown pockets of homemade goodness are enhanced by various sauces. We also recommend the black beans and rice, fresh guacamole and queso fresco. 389 Lancaster Ave., Wayne, (201) 927-4970.

Farm-to-Table Restaurant

Roots Cafe

133 E. Gay St., West Chester, (610) 455-0100

Food Truck

Dos Gringos Mexican Kitchen

113 S. Olive St., Media, (610) 565-7794

French Cuisine

La Maison

1470 Old Ridge Road, Pottstown, (484) 680-2631

Critics’ Choice

French Toast

Apple Walnut Café

At this Delaware County favorite, freshly baked bread forms the delicious foundation of this breakfast classic. Newbies can opt for the sampler—pound cake, banana and the signature apple walnut. 2924 West Chester Pike, Broomall, (610) 353-1384.

Fries

White Dog Cafe

Various locations

Critics’ Choice

Full-Moon Feast

A Culture Factory

When the moon is full, Olga Sorzano of Baba’s Brew offers these unique seasonal family-style dinners that revolve around lunar themes. The ambiance is quite elegant—think tablecloths, candles and flowers. Events are ticketed and BYOB. 333 Morgan St., Phoenixville, (267) 738-1973.

Critics’ Choice

Garden Dining

Terrain Cafe

A lush greenhouse setting and whimsical lighting provide a magical backdrop for enjoying creative, seasonally inspired brunch, dinner and beverage offerings. Once a BYOB, the Glen Mills location is now crafting cocktails, stocking wine and hosting a weekly happy hour. 914 Baltimore Pike, Glen Mills, (610) 459-6030.

Gastro Pub

Brick & Brew

Various locations

Gelato

Gemelli Artisanal Gelato & Dessert Café

12 W. Market St., West Chester, (484) 557-8482; 247 Bridge St., Phoenixville, (267) 309-3521

Critics’ Choice

Gluten-Free Breakfast & Lunch

Good Life Organic Kitchen

Gluten-free isn’t simply a novelty at Good Life. Their smoothies and smoothie bowls come loaded with fresh fruit—and the maca- and ashwagandha-infused baked oatmeal raises the (breakfast) bar with its seed and fruit toppings. Our lunchtime pick: the sweet-potato black-bean burger. 559 Wellington Square, Exton, (484) 872-2244.

Gluten-Free Fare

The Tomato Shack

31 W. Gay St., West Chester, (484) 887-0241; 2 Harry St., Conshohocken, (484) 243-6053

Critics’ Choice

Handmade Pasta

Mia Ragazza

Executive chef Felipe Calixto is the star of this newest destination from the crew that brought you Goat’s Beard. Calixto’s pappardelle, fettuccine and gnocchi dishes are a fitting reward for battling the evening traffic on 1-76. Or dive into the 20-layer lasagna, with beef and pork ragu and béchamel sauce. 4411 Main St., Manayunk, (267) 323-2143.

Happy Hour Specials

DePaul’s Table

7 E. Lancaster Ave., Ardmore, (610) 589-0500

Critics’ Choice

Healthy Bowls

Lentil & Co.

This feel-good eatery fully embraces healthy living. Vegetarians get all they can handle with the Cool Kid bowl—lentils, quinoa, hummus, avocado, beets, carrots and green beans. The Savage and Psychedelic bowls offer meat protein in the form of tender grilled chicken. And don’t miss the velvety house-made hummus. 44 Rittenhouse Place, Ardmore, (484) 414-4917.

Healthy Menu

The Juice Pod

Various locations

House-Made Desserts

The Bakery House

604 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr, (610) 525-4139

Ice Cream

Browns Cow Inc.

30 S. Main St., Phoenixville, (610) 933-0695

Indian Cuisine

Shere-E-Punjab

210 W. State St., Media, (610) 891-0400; 301 Byers Drive, Glen Mills, (484) 841-6345

Prepping the One-Touch cocktail.
Prepping the One-Touch cocktail. Photo by Ed Williams.

Critics’ Choice

Inventive Cocktails

The Cage

With close to 20 World Cup-themed concoctions on its cocktail list, soccer is king at this newish jungle-themed bar and restaurant. Around the World (electrolytes, vodka, apricot liqueur and the Greek spirit mastiha) is an ocean-blue tribute to Greece’s historic UEFA Euro victory in 2004. An iridescent pink drink with pop, the One-Touch (dragonfruit, pink grapefruit and strawberry-infused gin) is topped with a smoke-filled sphere. 711 S. Trooper Road, Norristown, (267) 652-7777.

Critics’ Choice

Indian Cuisine

Saffron Indian Kitchen

If you’re new to Indian food, head to Saffron and try their top-notch tandoori. Lightly spiced, with chicken, lamb, shrimp or salmon in yogurt-based sauce, it’s the perfect entry-level dish. Don’t miss November’s Diwali Festival of Lights celebration, with its traditional vegetarian or meat-based thali platters featuring a variety of small portions, each with a unique flavor and texture. 145 Montgomery Ave., Bala Cynwyd, (484) 278-4112; 522 W. Lancaster Ave., Wayne, (610) 254-9100.

Italian Cuisine

Limoncello

9 N. Walnut St., West Chester, (610) 436-6230; 499 E. Uwchlan Ave., Chester Springs, (610) 524-3112

Critics’ Choice

Italian Hoagie

A Cut Above Deli

At this 28-year-old Delaware County institution, there’s a difference between “Classic” and “Old” when it comes to Italian hoagies. The former is stuffed with prosciutto, genoa salami, ham capocollo and Provolone; for the latter, it’s ham capocollo, genoa salami and pepper shooters. Or you can stick to the regular Italian, with prosciuttini, genoa salami, ham capocollo and Provolone. We’ll take one of each. 3523 West Chester Pike, Newtown Square, (610) 353-4543.

Marple Public House
Photo by Ed Williams

Critics’ Choice

Neighborhood Bar

Marple Public House

Broomall natives John McKenzie and Nick Reynolds love their town—and now it’s loving them back. Keeping the bar and patio lively on most nights, regulars can’t get enough of the Lunch Lady Sloppy Joe, on a griddled potato bun. 31 N. Sproul Road, Broomall, (484) 420-4502.

Fiore Rosso
Photo by Ed Williams

Critics’ Choice

Italian Steakhouse

Fiore Rosso

Though Marc Vetri is less of a presence at Fiore Rosso these days, the quality hasn’t suffered a bit. Menu standouts include the fresh pasta and the steaks (dry-aged in house). Finish your evening on a sweet note with a sundae made tableside. 915 Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr, (484) 380-2059.

Japanese Cuisine

Teikoku Restaurant

5492 West Chester Pike, Newtown Square, (610) 644-8270

Critics’ Choice

Kid-Friendly Restaurant

Pomod’oro Pizza & Italian Restaurant

At this tradition-minded eatery, grownups swear by Tony Cataldo’s baked lasagna, seafood ravioli and chicken Parm. More straightforward classics like cheese ravioli, chicken fingers, and spaghetti and meatballs keep the youngsters happy. 200 Chestnut St., Downingtown, (610) 873-0405.

Korean Cuisine

Kooma

123 N. Church St., West Chester, (610) 430-8980

Kosher Cuisine

Hymie’s Deli

342 Montgomery Ave., Merion Station, (610) 668-3354

Mini Donuts
Photo by Ed Williams

Critics’ Choice

Mini Donuts

Rose’s Little Donuts

Beth and Justin Campbell have turned a century-old brick building into an enchanting hub for donut lovers. Small but mighty, their namesake comes in creative variations like vanilla rainbow sprinkle, vegan cookie butter, Black Forest, lemon meringue and chocolate caramel crunch. Gluten-free is also an option. 22 N. Darlington St., West Chester, (484) 623-6688.

Late-Night Menu

Ron’s Original Bar & Grille

74 E. Uwchlan Ave., Exton, (610) 594-9900

Live Music

Ardmore Music Hall

23 E. Lancaster Ave., Ardmore, (610) 649-8389

Local Purveyor

Madi’s on a Roll

290 E. Lincoln Hwy., Exton, (484) 695-0162

Locally Sourced Produce

Gentile’s Fruit Market

Rt. 252 and Mary Jane Lane, Newtown Square, (610) 356-9755

Lunch

Brick & Brew

Various locations

Critics’ Choice

Mac & Cheese To-Go

Sorelle Cucina

Go mobile with this gooey indulgence in a single-serving cup. Spicy buffalo chicken, Kennett Square mushroom and jalapeño-popper varieties come in convenient four-packs. 30 Conestoga Road, Malvern, (484) 994-9316.

Critics’ Choice

Meatloaf

333 Belrose Bar & Grill

It’s definitely not Mom’s meatloaf. Executive chef Ross Essner makes his from Wagyu beef, serving it with cheesy grits, roasted Brussels sprouts and a Cajun shrimp pan sauce. 333 Belrose Lane, Radnor, (610) 293-1000.

Mediterranean Cuisine

Opa Taverna

40 E. Gay St., West Chester, (610) 696-4100

Critics’ Choice

Mediterranean Cuisine

Damas Mediterranean Grill

Shawarma, kebabs, muhammara, hummus, tzatziki—Damas excels at just about everything. We’re also partial to the subtle crunch of the falafel, and the not-too-sweet baklava has a nice honeyed balance. 260 N. Pottstown Pike, Exton, (484) 873-3835.

Mexican Cuisine

El Limon Taqueria

Various locations

Critics’ Choice

Mobile Espresso Bar

Cafe Gourmino

Need a java jolt at your next event? For Michael Soland’s hip coffee-cart concept, trained baristas work their magic with premium beans on top-of-the-line equipment. West Chester, (484) 848-7474.

Critics’ Choice

Mocktails

Takumi Bistro & Bar

You might miss the alcohol in Takumi’s virgin pineapple mojito. But for those nights when you want to keep a clear head, it’s the perfect match for those sushi rolls. 821 Lancaster Ave., Wayne, (610) 922-1788.

Muffins

The Farmhouse Coffee & Espresso Bar

115 W. Lancaster Ave., Downingtown, (610) 269-1400

New Brewery

Artillery Brewing

4221 Ferne Blvd., Drexel Hill, (610) 626-2937

Critics’ Choice

New Pizza Shop

Gentili’s Pizza & Steaks

Aside from your standard round pies, Tony Altomare offers a killer Old World Brooklyn rectangular version. Names like Godfather, Donato and Corleone give the menu a cool South Philly spin. 318 E. Lincoln Hwy., Exton, (610) 477-7747.

New Restaurant

The Blue Elephant Wayne

110 N. Wayne Ave., Wayne, (484) 580-6142

Critics’ Choice

New Steakhouse

9 Prime

This latest area steakhouse from Top Chef Fabio Viviani is worth the wait. Artsy décor and bank-vault dining rooms provide the upscale vibe. Expect prime cuts, house-made pasta, lavish seafood towers and white-glove service. The impressive setup will eventually accommodate a downstairs speakeasy and an outdoor space. 9 N. High St., West Chester, (610) 365-3309.

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New York-Style Bagels

Sweet Brew Cafe

Shipped directly from Long Island, these New York-style bagels are submerged in boiling water before they’re baked, giving them that irresistable crispy-chewy dichotomy. 158 Bridge St., Phoenixville, (484) 927-4795.

Critics’ Choice

Outdoor Happy Hour

The Pullman Restaurant and Bar

It’s social hour on the patio at this trackside spot, with $10 drink specials featuring martinis, negronis, margaritas and other classics. Sophisticated snacks include lobster bites, tuna nachos, Brussels sprouts, oysters, beef sliders and shrimp skewers. 39 Morris Ave., Bryn Mawr, (610) 727-0777.

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Overall Dining Experience

Daniel’s Restaurant + Bar

The culinary team at Daniels exhibits an impressive global flare that’s not overbearingly exotic, with just the right balance of modern and traditional. The inventive cocktail program steals the show. 16 E. 1st Ave., Conshohocken, (610) 941-4652.

Oysters

Greystone Oyster Bar

7 N. Church St., West Chester, (610) 241-3369

Critics’ Choice

Paninis

House

The 15-plus paninis available at House keep the focus on what they do best. The King Khan—spicy chicken salad with caramelized onions, sriracha and Gorgonzola cheese—tops the list. For some regional flair, try the Jersey Joe on marble rye, with roasted turkey, apple slaw, smoked bacon, Swiss and French dressing. There’s also an impressive list of vegan options. 110 S. Jackson St., Media, (610) 566-2505.

Critics’ Choice

Pasta Lab

Anthony’s Pizza & Italian Restaurant

Anthony’s is the place for pasta purists. The impressive centerpiece of their pasta laboratorio is a high-end extruder from Italy. Brass plates make the pasta uniquely porous. The modern, Teflon-coated machines are faster, but the wait is worth it. 127 W. King St., Malvern, (610) 647-7400.

Pastry Chef

Sweet Amelia’s’ Ashley Hathaway

102 E. State St., Kennett Square, (484) 732-7943

Critics’ Choice

Pico De Gallo

320 Market Café

This family-owned market’s pico—made fresh daily with avocados, tomatoes, red onion, garlic, lime juice and cilantro—pairs perfectly with their house-made chips. 713 S. Chester Road, Swarthmore, (610) 328-7211; 211 W. State St., Media, (610) 565-8320.

Pizza (Eat-In)

Pica’s Restaurant

1233 West Chester Pike, West Chester, (484) 983-3704

Pica’s Restaurant
Photo by Ed Williams

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Plating

At the Table

To orchestrate his edible works of art, executive chef Alex Hardy employs a small offset spatula, six-inch tweezers and various spoons. 118 W. Lancaster Ave., Wayne, (610) 964-9700.

Poke Bowls

PokéOno

59 W. Lancaster Ave., Ardmore, (484) 413-2058

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Power Lunch

Sovana Bistro

The ample $20 midday meal at Sovana includes a cup of soup, half a sandwich, a small salad and a petite dessert. Recent offerings have included a turkey BLT, a chicken salad sandwich, Kennett Square mushroom soup and a Caesar salad. 696 Unionville Road, Kennett Square, (610) 444-5600.

Critics’ Choice

Pressed Juice

Properly Pressed Juices

Talk about getting it right. Jillian Maher soaks her organic produce in purified water and food-grade peroxide to eliminate any harmful herbicides and pesticides. A hydraulic press extracts the juice, which is bottled, labeled and given an all-important expiration date. 300 W. State St., Suite 106, Media, (484) 443-8427.

Private Dining Space

The Inn at Grace Winery

50 Sweetwater Road, Glen Mills, (610) 459-4711

Critics’ Choice

Ramen

Rai Rai Ramen & Hawaiian BBQ

Stewed chicken, beef and vegetable broths provide the rich base for consistently superb miso, shoyu, shio and curry ramen variations. Hearty ingredients include fish cakes, oxtail, ribeye steak, fried shrimp and more. 124 E. Market St., West Chester, (610) 738-8808.

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Restaurant Remake

Bierhaul Townhouse

James Mullally brings the same rugged panache that’s made Thornton’s Bierhaul Farmhouse such a success to the former Split Rail Tavern in West Chester. This version complements familiar food offerings like the smashburger and honey-peach Caprese salad with over 20 draft beers and a slew of cocktails. 15 N. Walnut St., West Chester, (717) 918-0868.

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Rooftop Views

Lark

Twin elevators whisk diners to a rooftop escape with an industrial-chic vibe, swanky bar mirrors and floor-to-ceiling windows. Grab a seat at the bar or request an outdoor table to fully absorb the sweeping views of Manayunk and the Schuylkill River. 611 Righters Ferry Road, Bala Cynwyd, (484) 434-8766.

Salads

The Tomato Shack

31 W. Gay St., West Chester, (484) 887-0241; 2 Harry St., Conshohocken, (484) 243-6053

Critics’ Choice

Sandwich Bar

Pinwheel Provisions

Anjali Gupta moved her frozen-meal operation from Narberth to Bryn Mawr in November 2023, adding her “Wich Way” sandwich bar to the new location. The on-the-go concept features a focused menu of European-style sandwiches, salads and soups. We love the Scandinavian-style open-face Luisa, which piles chicken salad, blueberries, red onion, toasted almonds, fresh greens, mint and yogurt dressing atop polenta bread. 860 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr, (215) 728-9893.

Sandwiches

Tredici Italian Market

185 Lancaster Ave., Wayne, (610) 254-0323

Critics’ Choice

Scones

Mimi’s Tea Cottage

Authentic British scones—warm from the oven with flavors like blueberry, chocolate chip and cranberry orange—are the headliner at Mimi’s lovely afternoon tea. 30 S. High St., West Chester, (484) 355-0970.

Seafood Restaurant

Ludwig’s Grill & Oyster Bar

2904 Conestoga Road, Glenmoore, (610) 458-5336

Seasonal Bar Garden

The Creamery of Kennett Square

401 Birch St., Kennett Square, (484) 732-7040

Seasonal Cuisine

White Dog Cafe

Various locations

Sommelier

Sovana Bistro’s Adam Junkins’

696 Unionville Road, Kennett Square, (610) 444-5600

Sports Bar

Barnaby’s Restaurant & Pub

Various locations

Critics’ Choice

Sports Bar

Flip & Bailey’s

Happy hour and food specials coincide with the schedules of all Philadelphia sports teams, and you can watch your game on one of 20 flat-screen TVs. 902 Conestoga Road, Bryn Mawr, (610) 527-4826.

Steakhouse

Pietro’s Prime

125 W. Market St., West Chester, (484) 760-6100

Sushi

Kooma

123 N. Church St., West Chester, (610) 430-8980

Critics’ Choice

Sushi Rolls

Osushi Wayne

Osushi’s extensive list of classic and signature rolls may be a problem for the indecisive. The heavy hitter is the Wagyu beef roll, with lobster tempura and a topping of slightly torched A5 Wagyu beef. 613 W. Lancaster Ave., Wayne, (484) 584-4067.

Sweets Shop

Bridge Street Chocolates

175 Bridge St., Phoenixville, (610) 935-8100

Critics’ Choice

Taco Bowl

Taco Mar

Taco Mar founder Danny Alkassmi lived in Southern California before making his way to West Chester, which explains the menu’s adventurous West Coast vibe. Octopus taco bowl, anyone? Various locations.

Tacos

El Limon Taqueria

Various locations

Takeout Menu

Hood’s BBQ

1664 W. Doe Run Road, Kennett Square, (610) 347-1670

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Tapas Dinners

Stave and Stable

Internationally themed tapas nights here include Spanish, French, Hungarian and Brazilian feasts, with $10 plates. The food is exceptionally prepared—and getting some background from the chef is a bonus. 232 King St., Pottstown, (484) 232-7016.

Thai Cuisine

Tai Me Up

301 Bridge St., Phoenixville, (484) 302-5141

Cristics’ Choice

Thai Cuisine

Chabaa Thai Bistro

Executive Chef Moon Krapugthong remains a tireless culinary advocate of authentic Thai cuisine. She even travels yearly to her Bangkok home, researching new additions to her menu. Look for fresh takes on chive cakes, braised ribs and grilled shrimp. 4343 Main St., Manayunk, (215) 483-1979.

Vegan Cuisine

Roots Cafe

133 E. Gay St., West Chester, (610) 455-0100

Under-the-Radar Restauranteur

Speer Madanat

Wait Staff

Teca Newtown Square

191 S. Newtown Street Road, Newtown Square, (484) 420-4010

Critics’ Choice

Waterside Dining

The Landing Kitchen

What was once an industrial garage now provides a chic and relaxing setting overlooking the Schuylkill River that’s perfect for enjoying hearty casual fare like grain bowls and a signature burger. Firepits and tasty cocktails are also part of the package—and pups are welcome. 617 Righters Ferry Road, Bala Cynwyd, (484) 434-8765.

Critics’ Choice

Wine Experience

Turks Head Wines

Allison Owen’s transformation of the historic 19th-century building that once contained downtown West Chester’s Church Street Market House should be complete this summer. Oenophiles can look forward to a tasting room, a lounge, and space for classes and private tastings. A VIP experience is also planned, and there’s already a bottle shop. Turks Head sources, produces and bottles all of its Bordeaux-style wines in Northern California. 120 N. Church St., West Chester, (610) 350-4183.

Wine Selection

Teca Newtown Square

191 S. Newtown Street Road, Newtown Square, (484) 420-4010

Winery

Chaddsford Winery

632 Baltimore Pike, Chadds Ford, (610) 388-6221

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